In a landmark decision, the Pretoria High Court ruled that South Africans of Chinese descent qualify for the full benefits of the country’s employment equity and black economic empowerment (BEE) laws.

The ruling comes after the Chinese Association of South Africa (Casa) took to the courts eight years ago to establish why Chinese South Africans, who were classified as “coloured” during the apartheid era, did not qualify under these laws.

The ruling means that the Chinese community will be able to take advantage of BEE posts and business opportunities.